This is a video from France of a 230-ton Airbus A330 "hovering" in midair. Because if there's one thing that's terrifying to watch from a window-seat, it's the plane not moving. Jk jk, it's a wing breaking off, but still.
The phenomenon has an easy explanation: the Airbus is making a very slow low pass, taking advantage of the very strong head wind combined with the minimun air speed and a high angle of attack to achieve lift for its flaps configuration...
This produces extremely low ground speed, which results from the A330's air speed minus the speed of the head wind. The combination of this ground speed and the A330's size give the viewer the sensation of a plane almost frozen in midair.
You know what's even more impressive than a hovering plane? A hovering wizard. And this is me on Halloween doing just that! Now I know what you're wondering, and yes, the beard is real. Same goes for the laser eyes. "Come on, that was just the flash!" HA, there was no flash, I took that shit with my mind.
Hit the jump for the AAAAAAAAAAH, WE'RE GOING DOWN! (action starts at the 20-second mark if you're the world's most impatient video watcher)
Thanks to I'm Never Flying Again, who's trying to act like he's never flying again because of this video and not the fact he's been banned from every major airline for getting drunk and taking his pants off.